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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

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Monday, 30 November 2015

TV Licensing Blog Quiz of the Year 2015

As another year of TV Licensing bashing draws to a close, it seems like the ideal time to publish our annual quiz of the year.

All of the answers have been published in the TV Licensing Blog since 1st January 2015, so let's see who has been paying the most attention!

Please feel free to post your scores in the comments below. If you've enjoyed taking the quiz you might be kind enough to also share it with your friends.

Good luck and let battle commence!

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Jimmy Savile: Damning BBC Report Kept on Ice

Disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted a teenager live on Top Of The Pops, right under the noses of his BBC bosses.

Sylvia Edwards, who had just recently turned 18, was a member of the Top Of The Pops audience during a 1986 episode of the hit music show. The programme was made at the now-defunct BBC Television Centre in West London.

The image above shows the moment Savile, who committed dozens of sex crimes during his time at the BBC, reached into the skirt of the clearly embarrassed teenager. She yelps and shuffles with discomfort, before the perverted entertainer reached back for another grope.

In the moments after this incident Sylvia went to report Savile's assault to a headset-wearing man standing behind a camera. To her astonishment her concerns were callously dismissed as "just what Jimmy Savile does".

Reliving her experience in a Sky News interview, she said: "I felt his (Savile's) hand go underneath and I jumped up, but when I went to sit back down again - because I couldn't go anywhere - his hand was still there. I was trying to push it away, but he wouldn't move it...

"I found this man next to a camera and I said 'he's really filthy, he's put his hand up my skirt' and he said 'oh, no - don't be so stupid - that's just Jimmy Savile'."

It is now more than three years since then Director General George Entwistle asked former High Court Judge Dame Janet Smith to conduct a thorough and impartial review into a catalogue of sex crimes behind the doors of the BBC.

After several questionable delays Dame Janet's report is now completed and stored under lock and key. The BBC, for reasons we can only speculate, refuses to allow the final document into the public spotlight, despite the public knowing fine well the highly critical findings - that senior BBC managers of the time had grave concerns about Savile, but turned a blind eye.

The final report has been cleverly written to negate Metropolitan Police concerns that it may prejudice ongoing criminal investigations. Many journalists are now of the opinion that the BBC is deliberately stalling the publication of the report's damning conclusions until after it has agreed the terms of its next Royal Charter.

In a desperate act of self-preservation the BBC would rather keep the report hush hush than face a collapse in public and Parliamentary support, and confidence, when the truth is finally revealed.

Enough deceit and prevarication: It's now time for the BBC to come clean over the Dame Janet Smith Review findings. If the BBC doesn't publish the report voluntarily then the Government needs to step in and order it to do so.

The clock is ticking.

BBC Airbrushes Savile and Travis from Top Of The Pops Repeats

The BBC will drop almost a third of episodes when it broadcasts a repeat series of Top Of The Pops next year.

Seventeen episodes of the hit music show will be pulled from the 1981 series re-run, out of a total of fifty-four. The remaining shows will be broadcast on graveyard channel, BBC Four, where very few people are likely to notice them anyway.

Those episodes facing the axe were fronted by sexual predators Jimmy Savile and Dave Lee Travis, who both had a bit of a thing about groping younger members of the studio audience.

Savile fronted eight episodes of 1981 series, with Travis featuring in most of the others. The 1981 Christmas special was co-presented by both Savile and Travis. Gary Glitter, a convicted child sex offender, performed in another of the 1981 shows, which is also expected to be omitted from the schedule.

In related news, it is reported that the BBC is planning a new Top Of The Pops replacement show. BBC bosses Ben Cooper and Bob Shennan are said to be in talks with industry experts about the development of a new chart music show aimed at the over-25s.

Cooper, the Controller of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, told the Independent: "I am working hard with Bob Shennan, asking, 'What are the ingredients that would work for today?'

"When people ask about whether Top Of The Pops is coming back, what they are really saying is, 'When can we get a once-a-week primetime BBC One music slot?'

"I have had this conversation with agents, independent production companies, and with Simon Cowell a few weeks back."

In is understood that, for obvious reasons, the new show will not be called Top Of The Pops.